WPI Robotics Program Earns ABET Innovation Award
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology recently awarded the inaugural ABET Innovation Award for developing and implementing the first ABET-accredited undergraduate Robotics Engineering program in the United States. WPI employs an interdisciplinary approach with Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments. The engineering components teach students how to build the body of a robot, while computer science focuses on how to control its behavior.Zoltan Istvan Stepping Down from Transhumanist Party
Zoltan Istvan is one of today's most prominent transhumanists, announcing a presidential campaign in 2014 as head of the Transhumanist Party. He knew he wasn't going to win, but now he plans on stepping down from the party altogether.UBTECH’s Jimu Educational Robots Help Build STEM Skills
UBTECH Robotics has launched a new line of Jimu Robot kits designed to enhance the STEM skills and interest of kids ages 8-14. The programming is done with Blockly code in the companion Jimu Robot App. Education · Robot KitsSelf-Driving Trucks 5-10 Years Away: Colorado Transportation Chief
Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado’s Department of Transportation, says it'll be a few years before self-driving trucks are transporting goods on a regular basis. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationCES Robotics Conference Looking for Demos
The CES Robotics Conference, produced by Robotics Trends, is looking for robot demos to take place during the half-day robotics conference on January 6, 2017 at CES in Las Vegas.Yumi is the First Robot Powered by Amazon Alexa
Omate's Yumi robot is the first robot to be powered by Amazon Alexa. You interact with Yumi just like you do with Amazon Echo, using your voice, having access to more than 3,000 Amazon Alexa skills. Household · Personal Robots · Family RobotFlirtey Completes Silicon Valley’s First Drone Delivery
Flirtey conducted the first drone delivery in Silicon Valley history, delivering a package to an investor at The Rosewood hotel on Sand Hill Road. Robot Fun · DronesSumo Robot League: Robots & Sports Spark STEM Interest
The Robotics Trends Show talks with the Sumo Robot League about how it's combining robotics and sports to address STEM education for middle school and high school students. Education · Robot Kits · Health & Sports · Sports & FitnessDonald Trump Wins Presidential Election, AI Predicts
MogIA analyzes 20 million data points from public forums such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, basing its predictions on the level of engagement a candidate generates. Future TechJibo 7-Minute Workout is Your In-Home Personal Trainer
A developer has built a "7-Minute Workout" skill for Jibo that gives the social robot the ability to be your personal trainer at home. Household · Personal Robots · Family RobotComma.ai Cancels Comma One Semi-Autonomous Driving Kit
The NHTSA sent Comma.ai CEO George Hotz a letter encouraging him to delay the Comma One semi-autonomous driving kit over concerns it "would put the safety of your customers and other road users at risk." Future Tech · Driverless TransportationTap and Go: Kids Code Plobot With Cards
The new Arduino-based Plobot has a unique way of introducing kids to coding robots. Kids simply tap command cards against Plobot's head to automatically create a program the robot follows. Robot Fun · Robot Toys · Education · Robot KitsNightmare Machine Uses AI to Create Scary Photos
MIT's Nightmare Machine uses artificial intelligence to turn everyday images into horrifying photos. The Nightmare Machine relies on user feedback to perfect its deep learning algorithms to make each image a little more scary. Future TechTake Our Reader Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card
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